Magazine article Volta Voices

Looking Ahead

Magazine article Volta Voices

Looking Ahead

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When Alexander Graham Bell founded this association 118 years ago, he did so with the strong belief that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are capable of developing spoken language. Today, with the advent of early identification and intervention and advances in hearing technology, Bell's ideas have moved to center stage. Listening and spoken language is now becoming the norm. AG Bell is at the forefront of this sweeping change and is now transitioning to become better able to serve generations of children to come.

At the recent AG Bell board of directors meeting in November, we could feel the optimism and excitement among the board and staff for the coming year. We have much to look forward to - such as AG Bell's 48th biennial convention in June in Milwaukee, development of our new Web site, and the launch of a new certification program for spoken language specialists.

The new certification program of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language® - Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS®) - will encompass the existing Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist® (LSLS® Cert.AVT®) designation, and the new LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd®) designation. This new certification program will go a long way toward promoting public recognition and demand for listening and spoken language services, and ensure greater access to those services for future generations of children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. A revised certification examination is being developed and will be administered for the first time at the AG Bell convention in June. For more information, please visit www.agbellacademy.org.

The theme of this issue of Volta Voices, looking ahead, was also the focus of the recent Investing in Family Support Conference highlighted in "Future Investment: Helping Families Raise Children With Hearing Loss," about how to improve support systems for families. …

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